Gmail setting works to keep Cherokee alive

5:02 PM, Nov 27, 2012   |    comments
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(KJRH) - Keeping a historic language alive could come down to new technology.

Google recently launched a setting in Gmail that allows users to communicate in Cherokee.

11-year-old Jolie Morgan, a language immersion student, was one of the first people to use it.

"I sent my first email to my mom. I think I asked her what time it was," she said.

Morgan can now communicate with her elders like never before.

"Now I can hold a conversation with my grandma and some of my aunts and uncles," she said.   

Many Cherokees believe communicating with new technology like this will keep the language alive for younger generations.


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